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European identification: Symbolic mediations of unity and diversity
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9419-4883
2012 (English)In: Global Media Journal : Australian Edition, ISSN 1835-2340, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses examples of mediated and mediating symbols used to build trust in Europe as a shared transnational project. It starts with a general discussion of globalisation and transnational mediation, and then briefly exemplifies how money, flags, anthems and other symbols work to suggest identifications. The five key European symbols ratified by the Council of Europe and the European Union are introduced, presented and analysed, indicating how the EU and other pan-European actors have chosen to express a sense of shared identity and meaning. Each of these key symbols is then scrutinised as multi-layered mediating tools in creating loyalty and reinforcing faith in collective societal institutions of markets and states, and in the corresponding imagined supra-national community. These dominant European symbols are shown to reflect a balance between homogenisation and fragmentation. The analysis locates a core identifying formula of “an ambivalent desire for communication with others”. However, it also finds a major set of tensions around this thematic core, understanding European identification as a dynamic process of mediation rather than as a limited and limiting object.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sydney, 2012. Vol. 6, no 1
Keyword [en]
European identity, symbols, flags, anthems, money
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Cultural Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16992OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-16992DiVA: diva2:548201
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Culturalisation and Globalisation: Advancing Cultural Research in Sweden and Australia (STINT Institutional Grant 2008-2012)
Available from: 2012-08-31 Created: 2012-08-30 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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